Hospitals Demand Payment Upfront From ER Patients With Routine Problems

March 5th, 2012 by chris

Next time you go to an emergency room, be prepared for this: If your problem isn’t urgent, you may have to pay upfront. Last year, about 80,000 emergency-room patients at hospitals owned by HCA, the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, left without treatment after being told they would have to first pay $150 because they did not have a true emergency.

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